Eggs poached to perfection, perched atop beds of spinach and nestled with smoked Canadian bacon; fluffy pancakes piled high and ladled with berries and syrup; endless coffee refills, and the piece de resistance: the Bloody Mary. Brunching is a New York institution. The Sunday morning, hangover-caff-dash turns into a languish all-day affair. The most popular spots are packed to the rafters from 11am right the way through to the mid-afternoon. Head to Brooklyn where the coffee is stronger, the eggs are softer and the attitude is more relaxed, for a true New York experience. Here’s a list of our top five Brooklyn brunches:
Put your name on the list and do a lap of the vintage shops before tucking into eggs cooked however your heart desires. Subtle twists on American classics make this tiny Williamsburg cafe truly special. This place might be, famous for its eggs, but the country ham biscuit with grits is by far best thing on the menu. While you wait for your breakfast, doodle on the tablecloth with crayons and earwig on the hipsters gossiping about who wore what to the rave in Bushwick the night before.
Address: 135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn
If the weather’s nice, this Park Slope spot is the perfect place to while away a few hours. You’ll struggle to decide between sweet and savory – the Belgian waffles are divine, but the chorizo scrambled eggs are worth the subway ride from Manhattan. Easier said than done, but try not to fill up on the muffin basket, the portions are huge. Walk it off with a stroll in Prospect Park afterwards.
Dizzys’ Italian eggs. Image: 8ateateight
Address: 511 9th Street, Brooklyn
In a huge warehouse space typical of its DUMBO neighborhood, Bubby’s has some of the best views of Manhattan from its floor to ceiling windows. A menu crafted with a commitment to locally sourced food, the meats are tender and the eggs are delicate. Sip on a generous Bloody Mary and then attempt a spin on Jane’s Carousel next door.
A view from Bubby’s
Address: 1 Main Street, Brooklyn
The Sunburnt Calf
Hair of the dog what bit me. For those looking to continue the party, this Australian restaurant does bottomless brunch. With Momasa-refills and rugby on the big screen, this is the ideal place to not so much kick the hangover, but start the party. The crowd is always lively and you’re guaranteed to meet a few Aussies in town for a laugh.
The delightfully named ‘heart attack’
Address: 611 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
For something completely different, head to Mitchell’s in Prospect Heights. Don’t be fooled by the fading sign in the dogged-eared window, this little gem is a soul-food staple for locals. Barbecue chicken, stewed okra with tomatoes, classic mac ‘n’ cheese and the most delicious cornbread in the city. Wash it all down with some sickly-sweet homemade ice-tea.
Image: Diane Jeantet
Address: 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
This is a guest post from Ana Codrea-Rado.Google+